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Iris hybrid (English)

Iridaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

IRIS

A large and remarkably diverse group of 200 to 300 species, varying in flower color and form, cultural needs, and blooming periods (although the majority flower in spring or early summer). Leaves are swordlike or grasslike. Flowers (fragrant, in many kinds) are showy and complex in structure.

Iris hybrid (English)

The species (I. latifolia) from whichnamed selections were made is native to the Pyrenees, where it grows in moist meadows. Early botanists first noticed the iris growing in southern England, where it had been brought by traders. Flowers are similar in structure to Dutch and Spanish irises, but falls are broader anddecorated with a hairline stripeof yellow. Colors include bluishpurple, wine red, maroon, blue, mauve, white. Bloom comes in early summer. Plant bulbs in fall, 3–4 in. deep, 4 in. apart, in cool, moist, acid soil. Choose a partly shaded location in warm-summerareas, full sun where summers are cool. Because English irises don’t need completedryness after flowering,they can be left in the groundin suitable climates. Bulbs arehardy to about –10°F (–23°C). Or the bulbs can be lifted and replanted.

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